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Design and validation of surface-marker clusters for the quantification of joint rotations in general movements in early infancy

Berthouze, L; Mayston, M; (2011) Design and validation of surface-marker clusters for the quantification of joint rotations in general movements in early infancy. J BIOMECH , 44 (6) 1212 - 1215. 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2011.01.016.

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Abstract

Lack of complexity in general movements in early infancy is an important marker of potential motor disorders of neurological origin, such as cerebral palsy. Quantitative approaches to characterising this complexity are hampered by experimental difficulties in recording from infants in their first few months of life. The aim of this study was to design and validate bespoke surface-marker clusters to facilitate data acquisition and enable full quantification of joint rotations. The clusters were validated by recording the controlled movements of a soft-body dummy doll simultaneously with an optical (Qualisys) and inertial (XSens) motion capture system. The angles estimated from the optical system were compared with those measured by the inertial system. We demonstrate that the surface-marker based approach compares well with the use of an inertial system to obtain "direct" readings of the rotations whilst alleviating the issues associated with the use of an optical motion capture system. We briefly report use of this technique in 1-5 month old infants. By enabling full quantification of joint rotation, use of the custom made markers could pave the way for early diagnosis of movement disorders. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type:Article
Title:Design and validation of surface-marker clusters for the quantification of joint rotations in general movements in early infancy
DOI:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2011.01.016
Keywords:Movement analysis, Marker cluster, General movements in newborn infants, Joint rotations, Joint kinematics, Functional approach, Motor dysfunction, PRETERM INFANTS, FULL-TERM, SYSTEM
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of)
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Child Health

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